Washington, DC (STL.News) Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health launched the District’s Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Hotline, a new resource for people who may have been exposed to HIV. PEP is emergency medication taken to prevent HIV and has to be started within 72 hours of a possible exposure. The DC PEP Hotline is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and can be reached by calling (202) 299-3PEP (3737). More information is available at GetPEPDC.org.
“As we continue working together to crush this pandemic, we know we must also stay focused on ending the HIV epidemic in DC,” said Mayor Bowser. “We thank our community partners for helping us make critical health care more accessible, and now we all need to work together to spread the word and make sure our community knows about the DC PEP Hotline.”
When an individual calls the DC PEP Hotline at (202) 299-3PEP (3737), they will speak with an expert and caring medical provider. They will then be able to pick up their initial PEP medications from select Walgreen’s pharmacies in DC. DC Health has partnered with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to staff the DC PEP Hotline.
In December 2020, Mayor Bowser released the District’s updated plan and community platform to end the HIV epidemic at DCEndsHIV.org, which included establishing a 24-hour/7 days a week PEP Hotline and access program with immediate prescription availability.